Actress also reveals insecurities with filmâ€™s dialogue and what inspired her
By Matthew B. Zeidman
HOLLYWOOD, CA (RushPRnews) 11/22/08 â€“ â€œItâ€™s hard to say these lines that are so fundamentally expressive [in] the simplest form,â€ â€œTwilightâ€ actress Kristen Stewart told Hollywood Today. â€œâ€˜I would die for you.â€™ Imagine saying that to someone. Imagine reading those lines.â€
Stewart may send fans of the Stephenie Meyer book series into a frenzy when she cuddles with Robert Pattinson onscreen or realizes in a hushed tone that his character is among the undead, but the 18-year-old often needed convincing her character was believable while making the film adaptation that hit theaters early this morning.
â€œYou read it in a book through a girlâ€™s personal perspective and it works, because thatâ€™s how she experienced it. But to see it in real lifeâ€”physically walking and talking, moving aroundâ€”it doesnâ€™t work,â€ Stewart explained. â€œBut I was entirely wrong. I was too self-conscious. [Director] Catherine [Hardwicke] helped me there.â€
Also a great help was her chemistry with Pattinson, 22, who portrayed Edward Cullen, a young-looking vampire enamored with high schooler Bella Swan, played by Stewart.
â€œIt started in the audition process. He was the only guy who came in and looked like he was thinking about something other than how to pose statuesque,â€ she revealed. â€œI could feel a lot of pain from himâ€”very afraidâ€”and thatâ€™s what Edward should be. Heâ€™s sort of the weaker counterpart in the relationship. Heâ€™s not the surefooted one; she is.â€
As for Stewartâ€™s own inspiration, the Los Angeles native told Hollywood Today that rather than try and get into the heads of the fans, she followed their lead, injecting a bit of herself into Bellaâ€™s shoes.
â€œI felt such a responsibility to the story and for the character separate from what anybody else felt about it that that drove me to do what I did. I would have been playing an entirely disjointed character if I took into consideration everybodyâ€™s thoughts about her.â€
â€œYou project yourself onto her, every girl who reads it,â€ she continued. â€œYou experience it through her. Itâ€™s not like they want to be Bella. They are Bella while youâ€™re reading the book. You are Bella.â€
Stewart, who admitted she was not an aficionado of the series, became so attached to Bella that she found it difficult to divorce herself from the persona after filming ended.
â€œI donâ€™t have that sort of schizophrenic Daniel Day-Lewis type [of acting method]. He really feels like he becomes these people for a little while. I feel like Iâ€™m a spokesperson. Only I know this person well enough to portray it,â€ she explained.
â€œThen, at the end of the film, when Iâ€™m done, even though weâ€™ve done the whole movie and Iâ€™ve hopefullyâ€”sometimes you donâ€™t feel this way, but hopefullyâ€”if you feel like youâ€™ve done that character justice, you just like them. There are aspects of themâ€¦you miss them, almost like a buddy.â€
Stewart, who starred in four films this year, including â€œTwilight,â€ already has two more features on her plate for 2009. Dramedy â€œAdventureland,â€ which takes place in 1987, is scheduled for release in March, while indie flick â€œWelcome to the Rileysâ€ with James Gandolfini of â€œThe Sopranosâ€ is currently filming.